Should NH randomly test police officers for steroid use?

Dec 03, 2015

BY: Citizens Count

State Representatives Max Abramson and JR Hoell are sponsoring a 2016 bill that requires the state to randomly test police officers and corrections officers for steroid use. 

Supporters of steroid testing argue that abuse of steroids can increase police brutality.

Many police departments around the nation have policies for random steroid testing, from Albuquerque to New York

However, steroid testing can be much more expensive than tests for other drugs, such as marijuana. 

The New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, which would be responsible for administering the tests, is unable to estimate costs until the program is developed. 

Steroid testing can also pose challenges for officers who are undergoing testosterone therapy for medical reasons. It can also be difficult for tests to detect new designer steroids.

UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.


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